I said that in the past : "I don't believe (and I am sure) that it will become like that" (when I speak I am in the past).

Now we are in the present and I say to talk about this past : "I would have never believed that it would become like that" (I am surprised).

Is my sentence correct?

  • I would use the simple past. I didn't believe that it would turn out like that.
    – Chris M
    Mar 6, 2017 at 17:46
  • The construction become like didn't sound right to me. But I see there's been a substantial discussion of it at: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/109294/… Mar 7, 2017 at 0:04

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Yes, that is correct. You are correctly expressing in a very emphatic way that in the past you would not have believed "that it would become like that".


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